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  1. WRITER WELLNESS: A WRITER'S PATH TO HEALTH AND CREATIVITY Presenter: Joy Held Class begins: January 6, 2020 Class Length: Four weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens December 23, 2019 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Blurb: Good self-care is the new multi-vitamin! Writers should definitely take a multi-vitamin, and Writer Wellness is a complimentary plan to help you stay on target for writing and life. WW is a lifestyle technique for anyone who loves to create with activities to stimulate creativity and health by encouraging regular journal writing, exercise, relaxation, sound nutrition, and creative play. Regardless of style, genre, or writing goals, Writer Wellness is the perfect writer's companion. The workshop will offer three activities per key area (journaling, exercise, relaxation, nutrition, and creative play) for participant's to try then respond to discussion prompts posted in the course. This interactive workshop will present ideas any writer can put into practice, tweak, and maintain throughout a writing career with the goal of better health and expanded creativity for many years. Discover the Writer Wellness Warrior in you and be well, write well! Presenter Bio: JOY E. HELD, A.A.S., B.A., M.F.A. is an author, freelance editor, Yoga Alliance Registered yoga and meditation teacher, college English professor, certified Journal to the Self educator, and workshop presenter with over 500 articles published in trade magazines, newspapers, and literary journals. Her historical romance novel Message to Love was published in 2010 by The Wild Rose Press. She has degrees in education, journalism, and writing popular fiction. www.joyeheld.com Deadline to register is January 3, 2020 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be an RWA® member to take the class. Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website. However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.
  2. Obstacles to Your Success: What They Are and How to Overcome Them presented by MM Pollard Class begins: February 5, 2018 Length of Class: 4 weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens January 22, 2018 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Workshop description: You can almost certainly name your obstacle, but thinking of ways to overcome it is much harder than it sounds. In this workshop, you’ll meet fifteen obstacles that writers face when trying to write their stories. You’ll also receive concrete methods to burst through each obstacle and continue on your way to your success. Here are the obstacles you will meet in this workshop. The Twin Obstacles: Perfectionism and Procrastination Pressure to Write More Poor Time Management Lack of Energy: Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Creative Energy The Role of Fear in Writer’s Block The 9 Most Common Mistakes Which Will Slow Down Your Writing Of course, there will be homework. This is a Workshop with MM, after all. MM will comment on all homework posted when due to give you feedback on your assignments. As always, homework is optional. About MM Pollard MM Pollard puts her teaching skills as English teacher extraordinaire and her experience as editor with Black Velvet Seductions to good use in presenting workshops for writers. She has helped many writers improve their language and writing skills through her fun workshops sponsored by Writer University, many RWA chapters, and in her virtual classroom. MM is sure she can help you, too, master the fundamentals of English. MM presented her first face-to-face workshop during the Florida Romance Writers’ Conference Cruise in February 2015, and lived! She would love to present at more conferences in the future as well as continue her online workshops. MM Pollard, the MM in Workshops with MM, editor, Black Velvet Seductions MM’s Fundamentals of English Deadline to register is February 5, 2018 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be a RWA® member to take the class. Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website. However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.
  3. ******Permission to Forward granted***** RWA ® ONLINE presents: Swear to Tell the Truth: How to Write Realistic Courtroom/legal Scenes presented by Jody Lebel Workshop Registration is open through 3/3/14. Registration cost is $15.00 RWA ® Online members get the workshop for free Click here to register: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm Course Description: At the end of this workshop the student will be able to write realistic courtroom scenes by learning the different roles of common courtroom personnel (such as the judge, district attorney, defense/public defender, court steno, bailiff, probation officer, and clerk), understanding what their jobs are and what they can and cannot do, and how a hearing or trial proceeds. Lessons 9 and 10 cover crime scene and law enforcement. The audience for the workshop will be writers of any genre and any skill level who want to create clean courtroom scenes and/or understand the functions of the court. The lessons - Week 1 Lesson 1 - Courtrooms . What is the “bar”? Who is allowed and who is not in a courtroom? Where does everyone sit? Closed courtrooms vs open courtrooms vs judge’s chambers. Dockets. Short writing homework. Lesson 2 - Types of courts. Jury vs bench trial. Felony vs. misdemeanor. Civil/family/Juvenile/Probate. Short research homework. Lesson 3 - The ‘Players’. Short dialogue homework. Lesson 4 – Lingo. Short dialogue homework. Lesson 5 – Writing legal scenes. Homework? None…have a good weekend. The lessons - Week 2 Lesson 6- Trials Part 1. Short ‘find the error’ homework. Lesson 7 – Trials – Part 2. Short scene writing homework. Lesson 8 – Sentencing and mitigation. Short writing homework. Lesson 9 – Crime Scene – Short homework. Lesson 10– Depositions and EUOs. Let’s talk Cops. Wrap up and Goodbye! About the Instructor Following sixteen years as a travel agent (more travel than money) Jody Lebel switched gears, returned to school and became a court reporter (more money than travel). She swapped jetting off to fun and exotic locations for reporting the cases of murderers, rapists, and thieves who are, by the way, almost never in a good mood. Being assigned to the chief judge in Broward County exposed her to a wide spectrum of cases; from funny to tragic to bizarre to downright creepy. She has reported everything from a homeless guy who had jumped the turnstile on the Metrorail and was now in jail for not having a quarter, to the Tamiami Strangler, a serial killer who murdered six women. I have participated as a panel member in multiple writing conferences on the subject of writing accurate courtroom, legal and police scenes. On my last panel the speakers consisted of a judge, an attorney and myself as the court reporter. I revamped this in-person session to form an on-line class which allows me to expand the lessons, and assist writers to construct solid, realistic legal/police scenes. I am a criminal court stenographer by day, and have been working in the field since 1997 in both southern Florida and Massachusetts. RWA ® Online is the first online chapter and our members take our workshops for free. To join our chapter, you only need to be a member of RWA ® and pay $25. For more information, contact me at fisc40pa@aol.com We look forward to seeing you in our workshops! Patti Fischer
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